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It’s a Red Ribbon Wrap!

It’s a Red Ribbon Wrap!

This World AIDS Day 1 December 2015, e-GPS were excited to roll out another fantastic #RedRibbonsHIV campaign thanks to a generous grant from the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD).

We had the privilege to meet some extraordinary individuals whose collective voice of experience and loss speaks up for those, mostly young men, who succumbed to AIDS-related illnesses in the 1980 and 90’s. Adding to this voice is an energy and dedication beonging to a new generation of HIV activisits. Their message of hope and education is remarkable, particularly since many of the new gen weren’t even alive during the Australian AIDS epidemic when the Grim Reaper was all over our screens in the mid 1980’s.

Group shot of the Transmission screening Q&A panel. Left to Right standing; Bill Bowtell Former Chief minister to NSW Health Minister, Neal Blewett, Nic Holas founder The Institute of Many (TIM) and HIV activist. Left to Right seated; Abby Landy HIV positive advocate and speaker, David Murray Nurse Manager HIV Outreach Services, Sebastian Robinson, actor, HIV activist

Transmission; The Journey from AIDS to HIV Q&A Panel. Clockwise from top left: Bill Bowtell, Former Chief Minister to NSW Health Minister, Neal Blewett 1983-1990; Nic Holas, The Institute of Many (TIM) and HIV activist; Sebastian Robinson, actor, HIV activist; David Murray, Nurse Manager HIV Outreach Services SESLHD; Abby Landy HIV activist, advocate and speaker.

The stalwart protectors of this tragic history can now work with bright young men and women whose credo is to Live Well with HIV. These health advocates are taking HIV – now a manageable chronic disease – through to it’s inevitable conclusion.

Whether you’re old or young, if you work in the HIV sector you know that the incredible efforts of peak bodies such as ACON, ASHM, AFAO and leading researchers from Monash University, Burnet and Kirby Institutes are going to bring an end to HIV.  Eventually. In the meantime, the work must continue in education, research and public policy allowing equal access to medication and prevention strategies.

The goal of the latest Kirby Institute #EndingHIV research study – the EPIC study – is a virtual elimination of HIV transmission in Australia by 2020. With increasingly effective medications, HIV vaccine research nearing completion, greater education and HIV awareness, it is likely that the HIV/AIDS epidemic will one day be written into the history books as a tragic yet ultimately triumphant chapter in human infectious diseases.

World AIDS Day is a day to remember those who lost their lives to AIDS. It’s also a day to celebrate those who have survived and to recognise the good fortune of the younger generation of Australians who were born in an era where access to new testing technology increases screening rates and early diagnosis, while early treatment and treatment as prevention helps to reduce transmission. The extraodinary mobilisation in Australia during the 80’s AIDS era has led to world-leading public policy, paving the way to #EndingHIV.

 

Here are some of the highlights of our #RedRibbonsHIV campaign

Minister Jillian Skinner wears a Red Ribbon for World AIDS day and stands in front of the NSW Ending HIV campaign posters.

The Hon. Jillian Skinner MP, NSW Minister for Health at the launch of the new NSW HIV Strategy on #WorldAIDSday2015

 

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Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore wears the Red Ribbon for #WorldAIDSday

 

Nic Holas, Co-founder of The Insitute of Many (TIM) and HIV activist, advocate, writer and speaker

Nic Holas, Co-founder of The Insitute of Many (TIM) and HIV activist, advocate, writer and speaker

 

Councillor Carmelo Pesce, Mayor of Sutherland Shire Council wears the Red Ribbon in front of the Peace Park Christmas Tree

Mayor of Sutherland Shire Council Cr. Carmelo Pesce stands in Peace Park as an advocate for HIV awareness

 

Gamillaroi man Mike Newman performs the traditional emu dance with full ceremonial body paint at the Aboriginal Project launch

Gamillaroi man, Mike Newman performs a traditional dance at the launch of ACON’s Aboriginal Project resource strategy to educate, inform and reduce HIV transmission in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

 

Two proud Gamillaroi men, their faces and bodies painted in traditional tribal ceremony colours are proud to be part of the Aboriginal HIV awareness week event

Brothers Gumaroy and Mike, proud Gamillaroi men, wear #RedRibbonsHIV following their traditional dance performace at the ACON Aboriginal Project launch #WorldAIDSday2015

 

Karen Price, Mish Sparkes, Brent Mackie and Stephen Morgan from ACON hold the giant Red Ribbon in front of the ACON Aboriginal Project banners

The ACON Aboriginal Project Team supporting the #RedRibbonsHIV awareness campaign

 

A smiling woman with short hair and sunnies wears the red ribbon and a big smile. She holds a red feathered fan.

Sarah Smith, Health Promotion lead at the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District stays cool in the scorching heat at the Kogarah/ St George Youth Support Services event for #WorldAIDSday

 

Peer Support Educators from the St George Youth Support Service pose with Bruce Lee on #WorldAIDSday

 

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St George Youth Support Services spent the day on the hot streets of Kogarah raising #HIVawareness for #WorldAIDSday

 

St George Youth Support Service Peer educators doing what they do best to raise #HIVawareness and talk about testing

St George Youth Support Service Peer educators doing what they do best to raise #HIVawareness and talk about testing

 

Corey from White Horse Coffee in Sutherland loved being part of the #RedRibbonsHIV campaign

Corey from White Horse Coffee in Sutherland loved being part of the #RedRibbonsHIV campaign

 

The team from White Horse Coffee in Sutherland on #WorldAIDSday

The team from White Horse Coffee in Sutherland on #WorldAIDSday

 

It’s a Wrap! We had a blast! How about you?  What did your mob get up to on #WorldAIDSday2015 ?

 

Here’s a Blast from the Past….Check out the pics from the RedRibbons 2012 campaign 

 

 

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